The Mega Millions jackpot stood at $450 million, with a $281 million cash option, at mid-day Friday, according to its official website.
The Pasco County player is the only victor of the fourth largest Mega Millions jackpot in the Florida Lotterys history. The biggest Mega Millions jackpot was in 2012, when three winners split $656 million.
It is rare for both of the U.S.' largest jackpots to grow to such large amounts at the same time-but in the last three years the rules for both games have been tweaked to give them longer odds and larger, more eye-catching jackpots.
Somebody in Florida will be waking up a multi-millionaire Saturday morning.
The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are one in 302.5 million.
DES MOINES, Iowa One Mega Millions ticket matched all six numbers and will claim a $450 million grand prize. On Aug. 15, 2012, Donald Lawson, of Lapeer, won a $337 million Powerball jackpot. The Powerball numbers will be drawn at 10:59 p.m. ET. Tickets for both games also may be purchased online at MichiganLottery.com.
The victor has 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the prize and only 60 days to claim the prize as a lump sum of $281.2 million. Each Mega Millions play is only $2. "It's a insane time when the jackpots get this high", she said. The cut-off for sales is 9:58 p.m. Saturday for Powerball and 10:44 p.m. tonight for Mega Millions. In 2016, the Lottery provided a record $888.9 million to help support Michigan's public schools.